5 Ways To Prep For Winter

By now, many of us are starting to experience the winter months. Sigh. Couldn’t it just stay fall or summer all year? I wish. Whenever winter comes, we have to prep to be ready for it. We can get stuck in blizzards or snowed in indoors.

Here are 5 ways to prep for winter.

  • Insulate Pipes and Spigots: Older homes need this step. If you lose power a lot too, you will want to take care of these items. You do not want your pipes to burst; It isn’t any fun at all. TRUST ME. Save time and money by handling this bit before it’s too late.
  • Stock Up on Fuel and Have a Backup for Heat: If you have a fireplace, you will want to stock up on wood now. Also, check that the fireplace works and is cleaned before the winter storms come rolling in. If you do not have a fireplace, now is the time to think of another option, such as a generator. We actually have BOTH (fireplace and a generator) just because we always like to be prepared for any instance.
  • Add a Coat and Create an Emergency Kit: This is one of the most important steps, I think, personally. Make sure that you have coats, blankets, socks, gloves, extra clothes, etc. in your car at all times. You never know when you’ll need them, especially if you live in areas where you always get winter storms. OR better yet, what if your car breaks down and there isn’t even a winter storm? You will be ready. Here is an emergency kit to consider, too.
  • Get Chimneys and Furnaces Cleaned: Be careful how you place your heaters, candles, etc. as you do not want to start a fire. Turn electronics and such off when you aren’t home, and teach the kids the importance of this, too.
  • Snow Tires and Car Prep: You want to take care of your car kit before the winter storms come.  Be sure to have everything up to date with your mode of transportation. If you do not know, take it into a shop so they will check it all out for you.

I also like to keep water in my car as well as any necessities (I keep overnight bags just in case). You guys, we get crazy winters here, and I always like to be prepared. What are some items that you keep in your car during the winter months?

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23 Things To Have For Winter Storms

By now we have all had some winter storms, but luckily none of them were damaging. This is the time to stock up now for your winter storms. We don’t like to do this and like to think about this, but we know that we have to face reality. I love to stock up on these items before winter comes so that I don’t spend a ton of money all at once when it gets cold out.

So what does that mean? Heres a list of items you need for your winter storm prep:

  1.  One gallon of water per person per day
  2. Non-perishable food
  3.  manual can opener
  4.  battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA weather radio
  5. extra batteries
  6. Flashlight
  7. First aid kit
  8. Moist towelettes
  9. candles
  10. matches/lighters
  11. charcoal or propane for the grill
  12.  canned goods
  13. coolers and ice
  14.  dog, or cat, food
  15. toilet paper
  16.  hand sanitizer
  17.  garbage bags
  18. blankets
  19.  pillows
  20.  cash handy
  21.  Important family documents in a waterproof container
  22.  daily prescription medications
  23. infant formula or diapers.

Don’t wait for the storm to come, prepare now for it. Make sure that you stock up. What are some items that you have stocked up come winter time

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27 Free Winter Activities 

I get it no one really likes the winter weather, but it comes anyway. Now that it is here to stay, we might as well enjoy it. With each season, there are some great activities and FREE things that you can do to male those cold and sometimes dreary days full of memories. 

Everyone can get involved with these great winter activities. Create memories with everyone including friends, family, and grandparents.

Outside Activities – Bundle up in your snow gear and head outside.

  • Make a snowman
  • Make a snow angel
  • Go sledding

In the Kitchen – Keep warm by the stove as you fill your house with the smell of homemade cooking/

  • Have hot chocolate
  • Bake homemade cinnamon rolls
  • Cook popcorn
  • Bake your favorite cookie
  • Have breakfast for dinner
  • Make snow ice cream

Get Creative – Let your creative juices flow, and make some homemade gifts at the same time!

  • Paint pictures on heavy paper
  • Make a scrapbook or photo album from Christmas pictures
  • Make sock puppets
  • Color in a coloring book
  • Build cars, houses, or space ships with Legos

Around the House – Forget the cold outside and make some lasting memories with the family.

  • Nerf dart gun war
  • Work a 1000 piece puzzle
  • Play a board game
  • Have a movie marathon
  • Play a card game
  • Watch old home movies
  • Play with a doll house
  • Play “I Spy”
  • Challenge family members to a Wii bowling tournament

Out in Town – Brave the chilly temperatures and explore the area around you.

  • Visit your local library
  • Tour a local museum
  • Play hide and seek
  • Visit your local zoo

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Get Organized This Winter in 5 Easy Steps

Now that the “colder” months are ahead I find myself getting bored easier. I really dislike being cooped up in the house all the time and easily get cabin fever. I need to keep busy doing things, both physically and mentally.

Usually in the summer months we can get outside constantly. From mowing the lawn and yard work to swimming to evening walks. So now what to do? We can all use new ideas for activities, so I put together this list to help you get organized and fend off feelings of cabin fever.

  1. Reduce your smartphone apps. You know all those annoying apps on your phone you used once and never used it again? I know you have some too. Just delete them! It makes finding the ones you use so much easier! Plus you’ll have more room for pictures.
  2. Unsubscribe from emails. This one was my biggest project. I have so many emails coming in from stores that I never shop at, and never will. So I unsubscribed from them so that I could focus on the emails I do like.
  3. Pick a closet to clean. I like to try to keep things organized and clean. So when I clean a closet, I get rid of clothes, blankets, and sheets. I reorganized it so that I could actually shut the door and when I open it nothing falls out.
  4. Purge and organize cabinets. I know you have a junk drawer in your kitchen. The kind that you struggle to open because there is so much stuff in it. Stuff that you didn’t even know was there or haven’t used in months. Take everything out, clean the drawer, and don’t be afraid to throw things out!
  5. Clean your digital calendar. This is another one of my favorite tasks. I have events and activities on my digital calendar from my old house, several are years old. I put them in my calendar so I could stay organized and didn’t forget things, but now they need to go. I was still getting notifications for those things so it cleared up space and time when I deleted them.

Some other options may include painting, cleaning windows, or sorting through old clothes. Make your list now, before the hustle and bustle of the holidays to prepare for those long, cold, winter days.

Are there other things you’d have on your list? Consider adding something that you have been putting off this year. Take some time to clear your mind and enjoy the time inside.

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